Mar Chrysostom Ashram & Mar Thoma Camp Centre
Situated in the womb of Maval region of Maharashtra, the Mumbai diocese of the Mar Thoma Church provides with the only Camp Centre within the diocese, named, Mar Chrysostom Ashram & Mar Thoma Camp Centre, Kamshet, Pune. With its lush green natural terrain, along with the farm land surrounded, the Mar Thoma Camp Centre, Kamshet is the most sort after Camp, Conference & Retreat centre in the region, across all Christian denominations. Also, small family get-together at the centres are encouraged.
The Mar Chrysostom Centre for Mission and Development Studies, Kamshet, Pune, conducts Bible Training for aspiring youths selected by the Mission Board of the Mumbai Diocese. This one year course empowers them with skills to become effective Evangelists.
Classes for Bible Trainees and Refreshers Course for Evangelists are conducted under the Mar Chrysostom Centre for Mission and Development Studies.
Navodaya Movement is a project of the Mar Thoma Church initiated in 2012 for the upliftment of the Transgender Community in Mumbai. In 2017, as part of the Birth Centenary commemoration of the Padma Bhushan awardee, Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan, Navodaya Movement has expanded it's reach to Kerala to engage in National level. The activities of Navodaya Movement among the transgender community, vocational training programs aimed at uplifting and empowering transgenders individuals through training were held.
Transgender community is one of the most marginalized communities in the country because they do not fit into the general categories of gender of male and female. Consequently they face problems ranging from social exclusion, discrimination, lack of education facilities unemployment, lack of medical facilities. Navodaya movement, Mumbai from last many years is reaching out to the transgender community to work for the rehabilitation and sensitization of transgenders.
Health Care Facilitation
Transgender health care is having medical institution, communities and individual approach the care of transgender people. In the pandemic situation as we were not able to organize any medical camps due to Lockdown but Medical Support were given to the needy transgenders by supplying medicines and healthcare equipment’s to their need.
Transgender persons are frequently subjected to transphobic harassment. One of the largest reasons that transgender people face inequality is due to lack of public understanding of Transgender identity. There are programs in place to educate the public about transgender persons. As the world has shifted to digital media, Navodaya has been able to achieve its goal of sensitizing society through online gatherings by using a virtual platform.
Equality and non-discrimination are foundational principles of international human rights. To make transgender aware of their rights Navodaya is supporting them by educating them. So Navodaya facilitates transgenders to complete their formal education and for this we motivate and create awareness on the need for education and prepare channels for admissions in institutions.
Navjeevan Centre has been working for a positive change among the commercially and sexually exploited women and their children. The primary level of child care begins from Day and Night care centres located at red light areas. The children who are staying in vulnerabilities are identified by the social workers and community workers. The Child is enrolling in centre by mother's consent. The centre ensures basic needs, health and pre-school education of child.
The secondary level is residential care for children from 5 years to 18 years old. Children of sex workers who have been in the RLA centres will be directed to residential care program called the Navjeevan Village after obtaining the transfer order from the Child Welfare Committee.
Navjeevan village located at Khapri, Murbad constitutes the long term care and protection program care for children. Navjyothi English medium School functions in three sections: Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary.
Red Light Area (RLA) Program
Navjeevan Centre's Family Counseling Centre was operational under the supervision of the State Social Welfare Board. The Navjeevan Centre FCC is the only unit operating in a red-light area in all over India.
Navjeevan centre has been working in the red light area of Kamatipura to Kethwadi in South Mumbai for the past two and half decades and in the Bhiwandi RLA for the past one decade. Navjeevan Centre has 3 receiving Centers for children located at Kamatipura, Kethwadi and Bhiwandi.
Keeping in mind the health scenario in the state and also understanding the urgent needs of the women, the programs were modified to provide the much needed assistance and support to the women. Women had more burden of expenses upon them as they had to pay the rents, spend for food, take care of self in the small brothel rooms and also take care of their children’s basic needs. The programs included provision of ration kits, sanitary items, etc. Women who were residing outside the red light areas, were helped by linking them to organizations providing ration kit in their area. Support to individual mothers for purchase of gas cylinder, medicines, vegetables etc., were provided through various donors and well wishers.
A total of 18 young girls are supported through the Extensive Program. They constitute of students pursuing graduation in courses like B. Com, BSW, D. Ed. All classes were through the online mode and they were provided with all necessary facilities for the same.